"We were all excited to hear Mike Suffredini, ISS Program Manager, announce that [the books] were available at the conference when he made his keynote speech last July," said Rai. "The feedback has been extremely positive, and I had co-workers contact me from the conference venue to tell me the books were going fast and generating a lot of interest."
The rest of the books should finish rolling out by December, completing the series. The remaining topics include Plant Science, Rodent Research, Combustion Science, Fluid Physics, Fundamental Physics, Fruit Fly Research, Cellular Biology, Space Environment Effects, Human Research, Acceleration Environment, Microgravity Materials Research, and Macromolecular Crystal Growth.
"The books were also well received by the Government Printing Office which is making them available in bookstores and libraries across the country," said Rai. "I was told that this rarely happens and will likely happen for the entire series."
The hope is that each guide book will start a conversation in the community of each research discipline, educating, engaging and encouraging scientists to seek opportunities. The question researchers should ask themselves while reading is, "how can my ground-based experiments translate to the microgravity environment?" The answers can be endless with the books offering a jumping point to the creative process. Once an idea emerges for interested scientists, NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) have avenues to assistance and resources to help take research concepts into reality and ultimately to orbit.
"The books are written at a level that would help new users see opportunities and begin developing proposals for these opportunities through either NASA or CASIS," said Rai. "These guides would answer the questions of a 'first conversation' about how to use the space station in their discipline, and motivate them to learn enough from
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